May 4, 2016 - New - Dates for 2017 and 2018 Phase II certifying examination in Tampa
|Anatomic Pathology:||August 15-16, 2017||The specific day of testing to be assigned.|
|Clinical Pathology:||August 17, 2017|
|Phase II Certifying Exam||2018|
|Anatomic Pathology:||August 13-14, 2018||The specific day of testing to be assigned.|
|Clinical Pathology:||August 15, 2018|
April 13, 2016 - Rationale for Phase II examination content: What the examination seeks to test.
April 13, 2016 - Examination resources (old term "reading lists"): Sources for test item selection.
April 13, 2016 - Test Day Schedule: An approximate outline of the anticipated schedule.
April 13, 2016 - Outline of test item distribution and scoring for anatomic and clinical pathology
April 13, 2016 - An illustrated guide to the testing center in Tampa: What it actually looks like.
October 2015 - Council approves major changes to Phase II Certifying Examination and move to Tampa
At the 2015 Annual Meeting, following input from members, ACVP Council approved changes in the format of the Phase II Certifying Examination (CE) and moving the site of the Phase II CE from Ames, Iowa to the American Board of Pathology’s testing center in Tampa, Florida beginning in 2017. Specifics of these changes include:
- Use of computer terminals to answer multiple choice questions (MCQs) and type free text interpretations of glass slides and data sets.
- Reduction of the overall testing time from approximately 12.5 hours over two days to 8.0 hours over one day with two break periods.
- Conversion of the Phase II CE to a single pass/fail examination. The Phase II CE will no longer be divided into sections that can be passed independently over several years.
- Reduction of the number of glass slides and transition of image-based, “recognize and interpret” type of questions to MCQ format. Elimination of short answer format test items.
- Definition of and increased emphasis on the core scope of knowledge for an entry level pathologist, and consolidation of the elective modules in the “Veterinary Pathology” section of the Anatomic Pathology CE to a combined MCQ examination.
- Establishment and utilization of a database of test items characterized over multiple years and aligned with the College’s role delineation study.
A detailed description of the changes to the Phase II CE and the rationale for the changes was included in the College’s September Special Edition Newsletter dedicated to CE redesign. The newsletter, available on the College’s website, also includes diagrams comparing the format of the current examination with that of the redesigned examination, examples of how MCQs can be used to integrate information from different sources, and answers to FAQs.
We want to emphasize that although the format is changing, there will be very little change to the actual content (testable information) on the CE. Our plan to focus more on “core” information will counterbalance the potential increase in the scope of testable material created by the elimination of optional modules in the Veterinary Pathology section of the Anatomic Pathology CE.
In the next few weeks a new section dedicated to CE redesign will be added to the ACVP website. This section will include regular updates on the progress of redesign activities, answers to additional questions and examples of MCQs.
Transition from the current to the new CE format. In 2016, the Phase II CE will be offered in its current form in Ames, Iowa to new and returning candidates. In 2017, the Phase II exam will be offered in its current form in Ames only to returning candidates who have previously passed (and retain credit for) one or two sections of the Phase II CE. In 2017, all new candidates (and returning candidates who have not passed, or no longer retain credit for, any sections in Ames) must take the revised Phase II CE in Tampa, Florida. In 2018, all candidates must take the revised phase II CE in Tampa.